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VDA VHDL-AMS models run in Synopsys' simulator

Posted: 28 Apr 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys  VHDL-AMS  VDA  FAT-AK30 

Synopsys Inc. has announced that it has qualified the VHDL-AMS models available through the FAT-AK30 working group of German automotive organisation Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) to run in the Synopsys Saber simulator for use by automotive OEMs and suppliers.

The VDA / FAT-AK30 library expands the Saber simulator support for VHDL-AMS modelling and is a valuable addition to Synopsys' large library of mechatronic simulation models written in the MAST language. Synopsys explained that this allows design teams to move forward with the VHDL-AMS language while protecting their investment in MAST models. Supporting the VDA / FAT-AK30 VHDL-AMS libraries along with the MAST libraries helps design teams reduce risk and enable predictable success in complex automotive system design.

According to Mick O'Brien, vice president and general manager of Synopsys' electromechanical system and design business unit, their support for the VDA VHDL-AMS models will provide the benefits of system simulation and robust design methods to the automotive industry. "The Saber simulator is the only design tool on the market that provides mixed-language support to meet the critical simulation needs of mechatronic designers," said O'Brien. "Providing support for VHDL-AMS helps customers adopt models from varying sources, while support for the MAST models protects ongoing customer investments in the estimated 100,000 models already written in that language."

VDA is the German association of automobile manufacturers and their suppliers. It represents the German automotive industry and is referred to across Europe. The working group, FAT-AK30, provides its open source VHDL-AMS model library to support the interchange of models between car manufacturers and their suppliers.

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